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The Optimus G is a phone you'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about at this point, but pricing and availability information for the US has been surprisingly scant up until now. We knew it was coming to AT&T and Sprint, but in regards to when and how much, "soon" and "some amount of money" were really all we had.

Today, on its official blog, AT&T announced that the Optimus G will be available for pre-order starting October 16 (at this link), and you'll have to cough up $199 and either start a 2-year contract or renew your existing AT&T agreement to get it at that price. It'll be available in stores and online on November 2nd.

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The Optimus G, as a quick refresher, is the first mass-market phone to contain a Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor, which by all accounts is currently the most powerful mobile chipset on the market. I've been using one for a few days now, and I have to say, it is fast. We'll have our review of the Optimus G for AT&T and Sprint up some time this week, so if you're on the fence about this phone, it may be worth waiting just a little bit yet before hitting that "order" button.

AT&T Consumer Blog

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Darius_bd

    Plz dont flame me, but doesnt this looks like the leaked pics of Nexus 4 by LG? Or is that rumor dead by now? Or it's the same thing? I was offline a few days and I'm totally lost.

    • G

      Pretty sure they are the same phone (at least the nexus is based on this phone)

    • http://twitter.com/benitofederico_ The Wood™

      The nexus has a different shape, but it is modeled after this phone

  • cwilson617

    LG's new flagship phone... Takes more than not hardware to turn my head. Their support for a flagship device is unproven. Past support from this company with their regular product line is abysmal. Note 2 for me. I know Samsung at least has a clue.

  • jkmikado

    If LG does supply the next Nexus phone, does that mean that custom ROMs (such as CyanogenMod) for the Optimus G will be easier/faster to develop/significantly improved, assuming much of the hardware is the same between the two devices?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      They have different radios, and different cameras - two areas where CM often has trouble. I wouldn't get too hopeful about totally cross-compatible ROMs.

      • Mark

        While not 100% cross compatible wouldn't you think the LG Nexus could bring developer support to the Optimus G? This phones specs look good and I'm considering but all the negativity I hear about LG and their updates as me shying away. But I love and use custom ROM's so if this has a healthy hacking community and the hardware itself is solid I'd still go for it. Both the LG Nexus and Optimus G use the same Quadcore S4 processor and both support LTE, so I imagine a similar chipset. Maybe with just a few mods here and there ROM's can be (mostly) cross compatible? At least this phone has a MicroSD slot. Should I hold out for the Note II, the LG Nexus or should I get this phone. I'm on the verge of a purchase and it seems like a lot of interesting phones are coming out within the next 30-45 days.

  • lol

    No thanks. I own a LG phone that is factory unlocked and part of the optimus lineup and still running gingerbread which i got in Feb of this year. I can only imagine getting update from LG that ATT still has to mess with... my contract would be up before i got the new update. Nice looking phone just really poor support from LG and ATT blows anyways.

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